International health IT week in review: April 9

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending April 9:

Patients to get access to GP records via in September 2017
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 06/04/2017

Patients will be able to access their GP record via the revamped from September 2017, according to NHS Digital.

Citizen Identity project will be live by October 2017
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 04/04/2017

The papers say the project is “providing a single, secure identity for each member of the public, across all health and care services”.

Emory Healthcare eICU program saves Medicare millions
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 05/04/2017

An Atlanta health system saved Medicare $4.6 million during a 15-month span through a telehealth program that shortened length-of-stay and streamlined care for patients in the ICU.

Federal budget provides Infoway with $300 million
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 05/04/2017

The federal government’s Budget 2017 includes $300 million over five years for Canada Health Infoway. The money will help Infoway promote e-prescribing and virtual care initiatives, along with efforts to help patients access their own health records electronically, and better linking of electronic health record systems.

Electronic health record logs indicate that physicians split time evenly between seeing patients and desktop medicine
Health Affairs ~ Ming Tai-Seale ~ 04/04/2017

Our results suggest that the physicians logged an average of 3.08 hours on office visits and 3.17 hours on desktop medicine each day.

IBM Watson Health adopts SNOMED CT
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 04/04/2017

IBM Watson Health will adopt SNOMED CT in support of the company's commitment to comprehensive standardisation of patient data worldwide.

Does adoption of electronic health records improve the quality of care management in France?
International Journal of Medical Informatics ~ Morgane Plantier ~ 04/04/2017

This study provides empirical proof of EHR benefits on the quality of care management. Hospitals that adopted EHRs have better results for quality indicators.

You don’t need 30 products for population health
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 04/04/2017

But HIMSS Analytics director Brendan Fitzgerald says you do need a core set of tech tools to get the job done.

eRedbook to be introduced across London
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 03/04/2017

From April, parents of the 136,000 babies born across London each year will be able to begin to record and manage information about their child’s health and development online or by smart phone.

Industry support lines up behind Rucker as ONC head
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 03/04/2017

Rucker has a solid background in leading IT efforts, playing leadership roles in information technology companies, as well as providing care as a clinician at hospitals.

WHO puts medication-related errors on global hit list
FierceHealthcare ~ Ilene MacDonald ~ 03/04/2017

Medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure roughly 1.3 million people each year in the United States alone.

Hospitals need to tailor patient portal outreach efforts for older adults
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 03/04/2017

Patient portals offer a unique opportunity for patients and caregivers to actively engage in their treatment—an opportunity that is squandered if hospitals don’t educate patients that could benefit the most.

Rucker takes helm at ONC as national coordinator for health IT
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 31/03/2017

Former Siemens chief medical officer Donald Rucker, MD, has taken the helm at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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